We mourn Colvin and Maurice
Peterites the world over are mourning the passing of two outstanding cricketers of the 1960s – Colvin Christoffelsz and Maurice Deckker.
Christoffelsz passed away on October 31, 2013, and Deckker on November 2, in Sri Lanka.
Colvin Christoffeslz played in the college First XI from 1965 to ’67, as a wicket-keeper. In 1965, he played under Travis Fernando in the victorious “Big Match” against St Joseph’s. Two years later he claimed four victims behind the stumps in the big match, which sensationally was awarded to St Peter’s after the crowd invaded the ground when the scores were tied.
Maurice Deckker formed a fearsome fast-bowling combination with the fiery Anton Perera in 1960. He went on to play for three more years in the First XI. In 1963, he was vice-captain to Tyronne Le Mercier and almost helped St Peter’s to victory with a hard-hit 46 but the Joes held out for a draw.
Deckker was renowned for his accuracy and deadly in-swing bowling. After leaving school, he turned out for the Nomads first division cricket team.
Both Colvin and Maurice will be remembered for being a part of a group of exciting schoolboy cricketers who provided so much entertainment to fans. May they rest in peace.
We extend our deepest condolences to the families of Colvin Christoffelsz and Maurice Deckker.
Traves no more
It is with sadness we record the passing of another old Peterite – Edward (Traves) Lodewyke, in Melbourne.
Edward was a staunch supporter of the SPC Old Boys Social Club of Australia and a committee member.
His funeral was held on November 11. May he rest in peace.